– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 5th February 2003.

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Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

Question S1W-33493

To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration its Environment and Rural Affairs Department gives to any trampling around outdoor feed rings by livestock when considering whether a farmer is liable to pay a penalty for overgrazing a field.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Trampling around outdoor feed rings by livestock may constitute a breach of scheme conditions if it caused damage to a designated site, a site being managed in the interests of conservation under an agri-environment agreement, or to natural or semi-natural vegetation anywhere on a holding in receipt of livestock subsidy or agri-environment payments. In such a case, my department would discuss the situation and potential remedies with the claimant, but in the absence of corrective or preventative action some or all of any payment due would be withheld. If the damage was to any other areas or if the farmer did not claim subsidy, there would be no implications for payments.

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